Finish line in sight for marathon mum

Claire is nearing the end of her marathon campaign
Claire is nearing the end of her marathon campaign

Alford mother-of-three Claire Kelly will finish her marathon fundraising challenge this weekend.

She is raising awareness and funds for MND Scotland and will tackle the Dublin marathon on Sunday, the final one of 12 this year.

Claire took on the major challenge in memory of her uncle, Dominic Byrne, who passed away from motor neurone disease in October last year.

She said: “Dublin will be a bittersweet race for me. On one hand it marks the end of my 12 in 12 challenge, which has raised almost £3500 for MND Scotland, but on the other hand it’s also the first anniversary of my uncle’s death from MND.

"When I am struggling during a race I sometimes question why I’m even doing it and the irony that I am running when those with this disease are slowly losing the use of their bodies.

"It’s unbelievably cruel, but if I can do something to help, and this challenge is a way, then I will."

Claire added: "This is a cruel and indiscriminate disease. It doesn’t matter how fit or healthy you are, if you get it, it’s a death sentence.

“The 12 in 12 challenge is my way of trying to make sure that other families battling this disease have the support they need and hopefully, in the future, maybe we can wipe out motor neurone disease completely."

Iain McWhirter, head of fundraising and volunteering at MND Scotland, said, “We’d like to thank Claire for raising an incredible £3,500 for MND Scotland.

"Running 12 marathons in 12 months is no mean feat and we are in awe of her amazing achievement. The money she has raised will go towards helping us continue to support people affected by MND and fund vital research into finding a cure."